The ASPCA's WeCare program isn't the only way to do some good while you shop, though. You can help the Doodle Rescue Collective, an organization devoted to the rescue and re-homing of labradoodles and golden doodles in need, by shopping at the Doodle Rescue Collective Store, or through their partnership with Benefit Wines. And if you're committed to the environment as much as you are to your furry friend(s), shop for green pet products at Green Dog.
As lovers of dogs, and breeders of service and therapy dogs in particular, we at The Acres appreciate pointedly the roles that canines played on that fateful day, and in the immediate and extended aftermath of the disaster. This year, Animal Planet ran a documentary to honor the four-legged workers who helped at what is now forever known as Ground Zero. Click the image to learn more about Hero Dogs of 9/11, and pass on your story of that historic day to those you love, to those who will carry on that story with vigor to future generations.
As each passing year brings yet another increase in the planet's average temperature, the cooling and rejuvenating relief of fresh water becomes an increasingly critical factor in the survival of plants and animals. Talking small scale, we as conscientious pet owners accept our responsibility to provide that relief to our furry friends. But many of us failed to see that in the hottest months of summer, when cool water is most needed, it also poses potentially one of the biggest threats to the health of our four-legged. Follow the image above to learn more.
Who among us - dog lovers, that is - doesn't like to think that our K9 friends share a lot of our (human) characteristics? They act like they understand us, they look like they get us sometimes, right? Right. As in, maybe they do, according to new research out of Austria. The findings from the Wolf Science Center address the question of how and why wolves howl... and how much they control their own howling mechanism. Turns out it may have more to do with social relationships than instinct or emotion. Maybe we're actually all descended from dogs. Click the image above to read more from sciencedaily.com.
If you've been a dog owner for some time, you may already know that all dogs exhibit protanopia, better known to us as red-green color-blindness. But unless you're one of the very small percentage of (almost exclusively) men who are living with protanopia or one of the other forms of color blindness, you likely have no idea how the world looks to a dog. Or to most of the other mammals, for that matter. But look deep into the eyes of the spectacled shepherd above (i.e., click the image) and you can read about, and see visual examples of, our world through canine eyes.
The number of calories in the dog food you buy won't do you any good, though, if you haven't a clue how many calories your dog should be eating. Well, take a little bit of the guess work out of that task with this informative article from PawNation (click the image above). It requires some math, but it's not calculus, so you should be fine! And if you're interested in learning more about the labeling requirements for pet foods, head over to the AAFCO's The Business of Pet Food page. Your pets are worth it, right?!
It is no secret that there exists in many parts of Asia, and elsewhere in the world, a dog meat trade. Dogs are food, often a delicacy, and they are captured or farmed, then sold and butchered, at an alarming rate. The number is estimated at 5 million a year. But a partnership between the Asia Canine Protection Alliance (comprised of the Soi Dog Foundation, Animals Asia, Change for Animals Foundation, and Humane Society International) and the governments of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam has just produced a pledge aimed at "ending the importation and sale of dogs to be used as food." Click the image to read about this wonderful new development, and use the green links above to visit (and donate to!) the four organizations that are fighting for the safety of dogs and human health worldwide.